Mobile Phones and WiFi are a “Serious Public Health Issue” – Canadian Parliamentary Report

OTTAWA, June 18, 2015 /CNW/ – Cancer, infertility, and learning disabilities might be caused by our cell phones and WiFi, according to a new Parliamentary report.

The microwave radiation from our little wireless devices is now a “serious public health issue” according to the report delivered Tuesday by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA).

The unanimous report recommends Canadian doctors be taught to recognize the symptoms associated with using common wireless devices.

It also recommends parents be taught the risks of wireless radiation to ensure their families are safe at home and at school.

The Committee heard from wireless industry representatives as well as international scientists working on the health fall-out from our increasingly wireless world.

The Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP agreed that Health Canada has left Canadians at risk by ignoring or dismissing the growing evidence that shows our favourite devices like tablets and smart phones may be harmful, especially to children.

During the hearings four international experts testified that Health Canada is “either unwilling or not competent” to judge current scientific evidence that wireless radiation is harmful to our health.

“This Committee finally gave a voice to the scientists,” said Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft Canada who is now CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST).

“It reached across Party lines to tell Canadians we deserve to be protected. Health Canada has to stop hiding behind the worst countries on this issue, and instead catch up with countries like France and Belgium where you can’t market a cell phone to children anymore, or expose children to Wi-Fi in a daycare,” said Clegg.

The committee also recommends that federal workplaces recognize employees who have developed electro-hypersensitivity.

Report recommendations can be found at: www.c4st.org/HESARecommendationsFull

Via: PR Newswire

A copy of the full report can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/412/HESA/Reports/RP8041315/412_HESA_Rpt13_PDF/412_HESA_Rpt13-e.pdf

 

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Smart meter rollout is linked to a rise in disconnections

VICTORIA’s electricity smart meter rollout has been linked to a rise in disconnections.

And fees to pay for the rollout have also pushed up power prices, putting a strain on low-income households, a state inquiry has been told.

Annual disconnections over unpaid bills have more than doubled in five years. Last financial year, 34,448 residential customers were cut off.

The Consumer Action Law Centre has recommended distributors be forced to check on householders and assess their circumstances before acting.

“We are particularly concerned … there is the potential for households to be disconnected in greater numbers,” senior energy policy officer Janine Rayner said.

Retailer Simply Energy has told an Essential Services Commission review of financial hardship arrangements that smart meters were one of the reasons for more cut-offs.

The technology can be used to pull the plug remotely, and “this alone will have increased disconnection rates over the last two years or so”.

Simply Energy noted it had also experienced a “significant rise” in those applying to hardship programs or failing to pay bills because of rising prices.

Charges beyond retailers’ control — including the cost of the smart meter rollout — were among the reasons.

Karen Collier, via Herald Sun (Page 2, 18 June 2015)

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Melbourne doctor fears link between mobile phone use and brain cancer

A leading Melbourne doctor is blaming mobile phones for an escalation in brain cancer.

Dr John Tickell has fought his own cancer battle and claims radiation is the link.

He says it should be a wake up call for anyone who uses a mobile phone.

Dr Tickell was a on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne when he suffered a seizure. A subsequent brain scan revealed five tumours; one was the size of a golf ball.

“It’s maybe the scariest words you’ll ever hear, ‘you have brain cancer’,” Dr Tickell said.

Now in remission, Dr Tickell believes radiation is a significant contributing factor to the increasing rate in brain tumours.

“There’s a million more times radiation in the air today than there was fifty years ago – that is frightening,” he said.

Some 35 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer every week.

Christian Althaus, of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, said: “The exhaustive studies that have been done to date have found no link, we expect that to continue but science will continue to examine this issue.”

The most comprehensive study involved 5000 brain cancer patients worldwide.

While it found there was no increased risk of cancer overall, those who used their mobile phones were up to 40 per cent more likely to develop Glioma, a common type of brain cancer.

The 31 million mobiles in use in Australia carry a little known warning that the phone should be held at least 5mm away from the body.

Via: 7 News

 

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Beware – ‘Silent’ installation of smart water and gas meters

A ‘silent’ installation of smart (AMI capable) water and gas meters is in full swing in Victoria and parts of NSW.

Most current models are ‘pulse ready’, meaning that, even if they do not currently transmit data wirelessly, they can be retrofitted with a module to do so at any future time.

Some residents are blocking access to their old meter so it cannot be accessed for retrofitting or replaced altogether. It is not recommended to do so without first obtaining professional advice.

Via: EMR Aware June newsletter

 

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EMERG EHS presentation and New Environmental Sensitivity Register

SSMA Vice President delivers EHS presentation to Govt. authorities and industry representatives

On the 20th of May, Steve Weller B.Sc. presented on the topic of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) at the bi-annual Electromagnetic Energy Reference Group (EMERG) committee meeting. EMERG was established by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to enable input from the community and other stakeholders on issues relating to electromagnetic radiation and health. Steve’s EHS presentation provides a synopsis of EHS, its progression and probable causes. The presentation contains details of credible research that has occurred over the last 50 – 60 years and provides a compelling case that links chronic radio frequency exposure below levels allowed by ARPANSA’s basic restrictions to a host of biological effects with serious health implications. A number of potential bio-markers are also identified that could be used to validate EHS as a real condition and link it to Electromagnetic Radiation exposure. Steve concludes with recommendations to ARPANSA and the Government to acknowledge and support those who are impacted. Status quo is no longer an acceptable option. You can also view Steve’s presentation and other SSMA submissions here.

ANRES Australian National Register of Environmental Sensitivities

Two doctors and a building biologist have recently established a national register for capturing statistics of those who experience environmental sensitivities because the prevalence of Environmental Sensitivities is largely unknown in Australia. ANRES (Australian National Register of Environmental Sensitivities) aims to provide the background evidence to highlight the need for recognition and assistance. Statistics are needed for reform, particularly at a political level. Their secondary goal is to provide a resource for supporting associations and organisations in order to assist them with their work and application for grants. The register includes conditions such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Lyme disease, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) and food intolerances. Many of these conditions co-exist. For example a person with MCS may also suffer CFS and food intolerances. It is important to collect this information to determine the overall impact on health and lifestyle. You can assist by registering your support on the ANRES website.  The registration process is very brief and you do not need to list your symptoms at this stage, only the nature of your environmental sensitivity.  You can remain anonymous if you prefer or you can register to receive further contact and information from ANRES. If you are interested in participating in scientific research on the issue of EHS please consider completing an in-depth survey developed by medical researcher Dr Beatrice Golomb, which can be found here: Beatrice Golomb’s survey.  This is being run by the University of California, San Diego, and the initial survey is open to people from all over the world.  After collation of survey results, selected individuals will be invited to participate in a more in depth study, which presumably will not include people who live a great distance from San Diego.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that’ll add BILLIONS to bills – UK Institute of Directors

A report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) warns that the government’s rollout of smart meters “should be ‘halted, altered or scrapped’ to avoid a potentially catastrophic government IT disaster.”

The report, entitled “Not too clever: will Smart Meters be the next Government IT disaster?” describes the £11bn scheme as “unwanted by consumers, over-engineered and mind-blowingly expensive.”

The Major Projects Authority has carried out three assessments into the smart meter programme; however, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has refused to publish them, citing commercial sensitivity.

Dan Lewis, report co-author and Senior Infrastructure Advisor at the IoD, describes a “political consensus” regarding the rollout as “a conspiracy of silence among politicians in thrall to big ideas and even bigger budgets.”

“This is not an age when we have to take the government in trust on numbers. This is not where we should be at in the twenty first century,” Lewis told The Register.

Earlier this month, the Energy and Climate Change Committee stated the program was running the risk of being “a costly failure,” and was likely to cost most consumers more than it could save them.

The IoD also raised concerns that the the largest government IT project in history may quickly become obsolete, and could even expose consumers to cyber threats.

Alongside providing a vector for criminal data access, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) reported in 2012 how the rollout entailed “considerable risks to the protection of personal data,” from the smart meter providers without adequate consumer protections in place.

“It enables massive collection of personal data from European households and may lead to tracking what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes.” stated Peter Hustinx, the EDPS.

The IoD report recommends that an incoming government should consider the following changes:

Stop the smart gas meter deployment – only a handful of EU nations are planning to deploy gas smart meters by 2020. This would save billions of pounds.

Remove the requirement for an “in home” display – expected to cost £800m in total, the displays will be out of date in a few years. Far better to connect smart meters to people’s phones, tablets and PCs.

Abandon attempts to stretch the rollout to tower blocks – the most technically challenging aspect of the project with the lowest potential returns. This would remove seven million homes from the scheme.

Make the programme genuinely voluntary – offered to customers at their own expense, not subsidised by all.

Abandon the whole programme and develop a smart phone app instead.

The full version of the article can be found at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/30/smart_meters_costly_mistake_add_billions_to_energy_bills/

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Appeal to U.N. to protect humans from wireless technology

International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology

WHO’s conflicting stance on risk needs strengthening, says 190 scientists

On May 11, 2015, 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO), requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide. Continue reading

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